Friday, February 26, 2010

Runaways by Brian k. Vaughn

Alex, Nico, Chase, Gertrude, Karolina, and Molly were just six friends hanging out one night when they stumble upon the secret that their parents are super villains. And you thought your parents were bad.

Deciding that they cannot just sit around and do nothing, the six teens run away and begin plotting to take down their super villain parents. As they try to make it on their own, they discover that they all have super powers or some kind of superior ability, allowing them to level the playing field with their parents.

As the series progresses, they are joined by new friends and allies as they face off against new enemies and various threats, some of whom will be familiar to Marvel Comic fans.

Marvel's Runaways, created by Brian K. Vaughn, is a phenomenal graphic series that will thrill and delight old and new Marvel Fans of all ages. Each graphic novel collects several issues of the comic series into a single volume. The stories are well written with a fast pace that is full of adventure and narrow calls. The characters are a wildly colorful group with a penchant for causing trouble.

One of the best aspects of the series is the ever-changing art; the style of each graphic novel changes from volume to volume Typically, I would think this kind of shift is annoying but it works for this series. The art varies from a simple almost childish style to a darker more mature style, which I feel perfectly captures this rag tag group of heroes.

If you like the Runaways then be sure to check out the Young Avengers, who cross paths with them a couple times, including a great Civil War title.

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